severe abdominal pain after radiotherapy

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severe abdominal pain after radiotherapy

by Powerwalker on Thu Feb 22, 2007 12:00 AM

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my wife has completed a course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy for ovarian cancer. the good news is, the cancer is in remission. unfortunately, she has now developed, severe abdominal pain. this manifests itself in flattulence and constipation. it is now some six weeks since the end of her treatment. she has seen both her consultant and her g.p., both of whom say there is nothing organically wrong. she has had various tests including an endescopy, which all substansiate their findings. she remains in a great deal of pain and will not leave the house as a result. i would like to hear from anyone, who can give advice, or indeed has suffered similar. thank you

RE: severe abdominal pain after radiotherapy

by Witchdoctor on Sun Feb 25, 2007 12:00 AM

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Not knowing what kind of Radiation was given and to where it is hard to say what is wrong.  The first thing to be ruled out is recurrent tumor.  Have they restaged her?  Using a PET scan?  What was her CA 125?  The other things it could be is ; Slowing of the passage of gas and waste secondary to chemo.  Adhesions secondary to Surgery plus Radiation.  She may be developing an obstruction.  They should work this up aggressively if conservative therapy does not work.  Has she tried a stool softener and mild laxative alond with Fiber?

RE: severe abdominal pain after radiotherapy

by Powerwalker on Fri Mar 02, 2007 12:00 AM

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witchdoctor, thank you so much for your response of 25/02/07,to powerwalker message. you raised a few points, which i have tried to address.my wife had treatment to the ovaries namely, radiotherapy.she had both external and internal sessions.she has had scans, but not a pet scan. ca 125 stillto be determined.the cancer is still in remission, but severe abdominal pain is still persistant, although her constipation has eased slightly.i would like to thank you again, for your input and any other observations, would be most welcome. yours faithfully, powerwalker
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